Proactive tips to protect your business from cyberattacks

Cyberattacks can happen to anyone, any business or organization. In this digital and technological age, it’s important to keep your online presence safe from cyberattacks and hackers.

In 2018, a survey by PwC revealed that approximately 49% of all global businesses face cybersecurity breaches and this number is only increasing. Even more alarming, according to CIRA, approximately 71% of all Canadian businesses suffer the consequences of a major cybersecurity attack at least once a year.

Given the severe damages and costs that a potential cyberattack could impose on your business, it’s a wise strategy to try and prevent these attacks by being proactive.

Here are a few tips on how you can proactively protect your business from cyberattacks and threats.

1. Backup your data

Frequently backing up your data is one of the most cost-effective ways you can protect your business.

In the unfortunate case a cyberattack does happen, having a backup of your data and information will ensure that your most important assets can be recovered.

It’s a good idea to set up regular reminders to back up your data and routinely check that your backups are working properly – this ensures the best form of defense and protection for your business.

2. Educate your employees

One way to prevent cyberattacks is by keeping your employees informed and aware of best practices that keep data secure.

Make sure that your employees use strong and secure passwords as well as avoid using the same password for multiple accounts.

You can also train your employees to know and recognize when emails or links are spam or phishing attempts, so they can avoid them. If they are ever unsure of whether an email is actually from the claimed sender, have them check the email address and confirm that it is from you before clicking any links.

3. Hire a cybersecurity specialist

A cybersecurity specialist is, like the name suggests, a specialist who helps protect your business, networks and systems against potential digital risks and liabilities. A cybersecurity specialist reports breaches, reviews suspicious network logins and creates contingency plans.

Hiring a cybersecurity specialist and investing in business security is another measure you can take to protect your business against cyberattacks.

If you’re looking to launch your own career in cybersecurity, the Canadian College of Technology and Business (CCTB) offers a Cybersecurity Analyst with Practicum program that equips you with the skills and knowledge to take on the complex challenges of this technology-based field.

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